The most you pulled?

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Livesteam, Aug 29, 2004.

  1. Livesteam

    Livesteam Member

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    What is the most cars that you pulled with a single engine? im trying to find out a very strong engine. :)
  2. AIGI

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    what type fo engine? steam? yard switcher? deisels? hard to tell you if we don't know what you want.
  3. JBBVry

    JBBVry Member

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    Well i use to be in N scale. and when I was the best pulling engine i ever had was the Con-Cor 2-8-8-2 Y-6b made by Rivarossi from the early 90's when i put 2 of them together it would pull over 100 hoppers. i pulled about 50 with a single engine.
  4. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    The best engines i had was a scratch built Sharknose A-B Unit that my late father had made. I had it pulling close to 30 cars up a 2% percent grade. No helper engines were needed. It was just a test run. I haven't run them for a good couple of years now. Guess maybe i should get them out again and run them LOL. :D
  5. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    My Atlas SD-60M pulls 40 cars easily on the flat but at this time I have no grade to see how it will do at 2% That is still to come
  6. brakie

    brakie Active Member

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    My best puller is a Atlas GP9..I haven pulled 33 cars with this unit on level track that I loosely place (the track was not spike down) on my N scale industrial layout bench work..This unit has the newer Atlas slow speed motor.The next best is a Atlas GP38 under the same conditions but pulled 29 cars.So,I am incline to think the amount of cars pulled *might* vary from unit to unit seeing that all of my units pulled differently under the above conditions... :confused:
  7. b28_82

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    I have pulled about 44 cars at the club with my NS C40-9's up the 2%+ grades. The decoders don't have back EMF so I have to change the speed once they get up the grade or when they are about to go down the grade but nonetheless its impressive.
  8. K.V.Div

    K.V.Div Member

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    My best puller is one of my Life Like C-Liners (CFA 16-4) which pulled 102 Microtrains 40ft boxcars and hoppers on our NTrak layout last year.
  9. SD90

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    I've pulled 68 cars on the first level of my Laggan sub layout with 1 Kato SD90. There is only a very slight grade, about .25%, and quite a few curves. I've never tried to see how many they will pull up my hill, it is a 2% grade, but I do have 2 grain trians with 1 SD90 on the front, 20 intermountain grain hoppers, and another SD90 in the middle, then another 20 grain cars, so I know they will pull at least 20 cars up a 2% grade. I think they might be able to haul about 25 up the hill. I'll try it and leave another post.
  10. SD90

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    Last night I did a pulling test with my SD90's and that grain train. 22-23 intermountain grain cars all with Micro-Train trucks and couplers, up the 2% grade is the limit. I don't think that's too bad at all! 1 SD40-2 would pull 14-15 of those cars up that grade, so it is just like the real locomotives, 2 SD90's can pull the same as 3 SD40-2's!
  11. CNJ

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    I am limited by the size of my temporary layout, but I have pulled at least 40 cars with a LL E-6. I had the feeling it would pull a bunch more. What might be an interesting test is to run the E-6 in one direction , coupled to my pair of SD-80s going the other way. It might not truly test the E-6 because I have not put a decoder in it yet. DC vs DCC......how would that work??

    Len
  12. OwenCPR

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    Mike,

    Don't forget the extra weight you've added to your rolling stock!!!!
  13. nscalefan

    nscalefan New Member

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    Best pulling steam I have has to be the older Rivarossi Challenger, and the best pulling diesel I have is any combination of the new Intermountain FT locomotives. I don't have any newer era locomotives so I'm not sure what works well with them but my ABBA FT set will pull more cars than I can put my hands on... :eek:
  14. Livesteam

    Livesteam Member

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    where can i get a challenger?
  15. nscalefan

    nscalefan New Member

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    Livesteam,

    The Challengers have been out of production for a while, and I think the only way to get one is search the hobby shops or ebay at this point. Con-Cor keeps saying that a new version will be available, but who knows when this will happen!
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    davidstrains Active Member

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    I used my Kato Mike with the traction tire to pull 45 freight cars on a 2% grade. Ran out of cars to add.

    I have had 24 behind a Bachmann Spectrum 2-8-0 on the same grade.
  17. Livesteam

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    Nscalefan, do you have any pictures of the challenger next too a normal size engine?
  18. nscalefan

    nscalefan New Member

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    No, but it's quite large. It's about 1/2" longer than the Life Like Mallet if that gives you any idea!
  19. brakie

    brakie Active Member

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    Hold the phone gang! Gotta question.. I stop by a N scale club last night and I witness a old Trix FM switcher pulling 70 cars though a yard throat..Is this normal? :confused:
  20. rcwatkins

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    I think my SD80MAC pulled about 18 cars once. That was on a tiny table, no grade, and a toy transformer.